Hillclimb competitors get early start

Competitors to test the hill on Saturday

A rider races to the top of the hill at Dry Creek Recreation Area at last year’s Northwest Nitro Nationals.

Photo by Roger Harnack
A rider races to the top of the hill at Dry Creek Recreation Area at last year’s Northwest Nitro Nationals.



— Engines will be revving and ready to go Saturday as approximately 20 motorcycle competitors take to the hill at Dry Creek Recreation Area.

The adrenaline junkies will test their mettle and their readiness for the coming hill climb season beginning at 10 a.m., Northwest Nitro Nationals organizer John Nyboer said.

The first competition will be at the April 8-9 California Nitro Nationals in Tracy, Calif., local event organizer Jeff Snipes said.

“We want the Washington riders to be ready to kick some tail,” he said.

This year two women’s pro class riders are joining the ranks at the local event — Jessica Judson and Mercedes Ball. Because they are unfamiliar with the hill at State highways 241 and 24 organizers wanted to provide them an opportunity to check it out.

“They will be participating in the practice,” Nyboer said.

Also planning to participate will be Grandview riders Mollee and Jason Weddle. Mollee Weddle, 15, was last year’s North American Hillclimbers Association Women’s Pro Class titlist and 90 cc runner-up.

Professional riders including Jake Anstett will be among the competitors at the event, as well, Nyboer said.

“This is our first organized practice,” he said.

Snipes said there will be a couple of runs for riders to practice on.

From noon to 4 p.m. fans can meet riders and learn about their motorcycles, as well as the teams.

Northwest Nitro Nationals, the second competition of the association’s circuit, will take place May 6-7.



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